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'Justice Wasn't Served': 50 Years Since Chappaquiddick

The crash ended a young woman's life, and with it, a man's White House dreams.U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Oldsmobile sedan veered off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, an extension of the resort island of Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast, and plunged into a moonlit pond 50 years ago Thursday. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.   Kennedy, 37, survived, but his presidential ambitions did not. The Massachusetts Democrat waited 10 hours to report the accident to police, and the ``whys?'' dogged him for the rest of his days.  FILE - In this July 22, 1969 file photograph, U.S Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives back home in Hyannis, Mass., after attending the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne in Pennsylvania.Half a century later, what did and didn't happen on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, continues to fascinate and frustrate.   ``Every time there's an anniversary, it's like it happened yesterday,'' Leslie Leland, who served as foreman of the grand jury that investigated, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his home on the Vineyard.   Now 79, Leland was a young pharmacist on the island when he was swept up in the aftermath. He recalls getting death threats and 24-hour police protection, and says he is still frustrated by the judge's refusal to subpoena anyone who was at the party or share key investigative documents — stymieing the grand jury's efforts to determine whether Kennedy had been drinking.   ``If we'd been allowed to do our job, there would have been an indictment and a request to have a jury trial,'' he said. ``Justice wasn't served. There were so many discrepancies, but we weren't allowed to do our jobs to get to the truth _ whatever the truth may have been.''   ``I was young, and... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, 'Justice Wasn't Served': 50 Years Since Chappaquiddick, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you 'Justice Wasn't Served': 50 Years Since Chappaquiddick

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July

 

 

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